Today’s Sports Stat: May 3, 2018

When Zach Davies takes the mound on Saturday at Miller Park versus the Pirates, he could find himself at the top of a couple of team lists if he doesn’t pitch a complete game. Let me explain…

Davies is currently tied with Chuck Crim for most wins by a Brewers pitcher without a complete game with 33. His next win without a complete game will put him number one on this obscure stat. (Note: Of course if he ever pitches a complete game with the Brewers he will immediately come off the list, but that may… or may not… happen).

Here’s a look at the Brewers pitchers who have the most wins without a complete game on their stat sheet.

33: Zach Davies, Chuck Crim

29: Dan Plesac

26: Manny Parra, Chris Narveson

25: Zack Greinke, Bill Castro

23: Marco Estrada, Chase Anderson

21: Bob Wickman, Mike Fiers, John Axford

20: Carlos Villanueva, Shaun Marcus, Jimmy Haynes

Davies will be making his 74th career start for the Brew Crew on Saturday. His 73 starts for the Brewers without a complete game is second on the team list, one behind Manny Parra, who made 74 starts for the Brewers without a complete game.

Following are the Brewers pitchers who have 60 or more career starts with the team without a complete game.

74: Manny Parra

73: Zach Davies

70: Marco Estrada

62: Chris Narveson, Jimmy Haynes

61: Chase Anderson

For the record, the MLB record for most career wins without a complete game is 99 by Sparky Lyle. It’s not surprising that relief pitchers top this list. Lyle is followed by Kent Tekulve with 94, and John Franco and Don McMahon each with 90.

The MLB mark for most career starts without a complete game is 188 by Bud Norris. Second on the list is former Brewer Marco Estrada with 167 (he is tied with Tony Armas). Davies’ 73 career starts without a complete game currently ranks tied for 32nd for this stat.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: April 30, 2018

After being swept by the Chicago Cubs in a four-game series this past weekend, we have to ask:

Are the Cubs the Brewers “kryptonite”?

In fact, if we add the St. Louis Cardinals to the discussion, you can make a good case that if the Brew Crew wants to make a serious charge at a playoff spot this season, they better figure out a way to beat these two division opponents.

Let’s go back to 2016. Since then, the Brewers are 38-52 against the Cubs and Cardinals, a winning percentage of .422. From the 2016 season through games of April 29, 2018, the Brewers are 18-28 versus the Cubs (.391 winning percentage) and 20-24 (.455) versus the Cards.

Compare that to all other teams since 2016… the Brewers are 137-126 (.521) since 2016 in games against all other MLB teams other than the Cubs and Cards. That’s a difference of about 100 percentage points (99 to be exact)… .422 versus the Cubs and Cards and .521 against all other teams.

This season is no different. MLB standings show the Brewers at 16-13 this season. Ten of their 13 losses this year have come to the Cubs or Cards (1-7 versus the Cubs, 3-3 versus the Cards). That’s 4-10 versus the Cubs and Cards (.286 winning percentage) and 12-3 (.800) versus the rest of the league.

Any way you look at it, it’s a disturbing trend that the Brewers will need to figure out if they hope to challenge for a post-season spot in 2018.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: April 28, 2018

Were you wondering when the last year your favorite NBA team went on to play in a conference finals or the last time they played in the NBA Finals? Well, wonder no more.

Following is a by-team look at the last year they played in the conference finals and the last year they played in the NBA Finals. Three current franchises, Charlotte, the L.A. Clippers and New Orleans, have never played in a conference final; seven current franchises, Charlotte, Denver, the L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Minnesota, New Orleans and Toronto, have never played in an NBA Finals.

Team                   Last Conf. Finals       Last NBA Finals

Atlanta                    2015                               1961
Boston                    2017                               2010
Brooklyn                 2003                             2003
Charlotte               (Never)                          (Never)
Chicago                  2011                               1998
Cleveland               2017                               2017
Dallas                     2011                               2011
Denver                    2009                              (Never)
Detroit                    2008                               2005
Golden State          2017                               2017
Houston                  2015                               1995
Indiana                   2014                               2000
L.A. Clippers          (Never)                         (Never)
L.A. Lakers             2010                               2010
Memphis                 2013                               (Never)
Miami                     2014                               2014
Milwaukee             2001                               1974
Minnesota              2004                              (Never)
New Orleans          (Never)                          (Never)
New York                2000                               1999
Oklahoma City       2016                               2012
Orlando                   2010                               2009
Philadelphia           2001                               2001
Phoenix                  2010                               1993
Portland                 2000                               1992
Sacramento           2002                               1951
San Antonio           2017                               2014
Toronto                   2016                               (Never)
Utah                         2007                               1998
Washington            1979                               1979

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: April 23, 2018

Here are a handful of stats from this past weekend’s NBA playoff games.

  • The Bucks have evened their series with the Boston Celtics at 2-2 with victories in Games #3 and #4 in Milwaukee. It has been well documented that the Bucks have not won a playoff series since 2001; they have lost seven series since then, losing in first round of those seven playoffs.

The Bucks will try to take the lead in their series with Boston by winning on the road in Game #5. However, past history has shown that the Bucks have not fared well in Games #5 through #7 in their past seven post-season series…the Bucks are 2-9 in Games #5-Games #7 since 2003. Following is a quick look at the Bucks record in each game of the playoffs since 2003.

Game #1: 1-7
Game #2: 2-6
Game #3: 4-4
Game #4: 4-4
Game #5: 2-4
Game #6: 0-4
Game #7: 0-1

  • The New Orleans Pelicans had two players score 40 or more points in a playoff game when on April 21 Anthony Davis had 47 and Jrue Holiday had 41 as the Pelicans swept the Portland Trailblazers 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs. It was only the fifth time in NBA history that a pair of teammates scored 40 or more points in the same playoff contest. The five times:

Anthony Davis (47) & Jrue Holiday (41), New Orleans, 4-21-18
LeBron James (41) & Kyrie Irving (41), Cleveland, 6-13-16
Reggie Miller (40) & Jalen Rose (40), Indiana, 5-6-2000
Clyde Drexler (41) & Hakeem Olajuwon (40), Houston, 5-5-95
Sleepy Floyd (42) & Hakeem Olajuwon (41), Houston, 4-30-88

  • Speaking of Davis, in addition to his 47 points in that game, he only recorded one assist in the contest. It was the 37th time in NBA playoff history that a player scored 40 or more points in a playoff game with only one or no assists. It was the fourth most points scored in a playoff game by a player with one or no assists in the game; Sam Jones holds the record… he had 51 points for the Celtics in a March 28, 1967 playoff games with only one assist. Karl Malone holds the mark for most points scored in a playoff game with no assists; he had 50 points and no assists for Utah in a post-season game on April 22, 2000.

Five players have had multiple playoff games with 40 or more points and only one or no assists. Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal and Amare Stoudemire did it three times, while Bob McAdoo and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it twice.

  • The Bucks Thon Maker had a pair of games, Game #3 and Game #4, where he had five blocked shots in each contest. He is only the second player in league history to have multiple playoffs games (now three, he had one game with five blocks last season) with five or more blocks before the age of 22 (Maker is only 21). The other player is Serge Ibaka who had six playoff games with five or more blocked shots before he turned 22.

Maker has 10 blocks in the playoffs so far this season, ranking him second on that list, Anthony Davis tops the list with 11 blocks so far this post-season. It’s interesting to note, however, that Davis has 11 blocks in 152 minutes played; Maker has 10 blocks in only 56 minutes played.

  • Utah rookie guard Donovan Mitchell scored 28 and 27 points in the first two playoff games for the Jazz. He became only the 26th rookie in NBA history to have multiple playoff games with 25 or more points. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tops the list with 10 playoff games with 25+ points as a rookie. He is followed by David Robinson with six such games, Elvin Hayes with five, and Alonzo Mourning and Arvydas Sabonis with four games each.

The last rookie to score 30 or more points in a playoff game was the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings; he had 34 points on April 13, 2010 in a playoff game versus the Atlanta Hawks. The most points scored by a rookie in a playoff game is held by another Bucks rookie, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He tallied 46 as a rookie in an April 3, 1970 playoff games versus the Philadelphia 76ers. Magic Johnson and Chuck Person are the only other rookies to score 40 or more points in an NBA playoff game.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: April 21, 2018

With a three-run pinch-hit home run on April 19, Ryan Braun collected his 1,000th career RBI. He became the first Milwaukee Brewers player to collect 300 HRs and 1,000 RBIs with the team, and the 138th player in baseball history to reach those numbers in his career.

Of the 138 players with 300 home runs and 1,000 RBIs in their careers, Braun is also currently one of only 21 players who amassed those numbers with only one team for their entire career. Whether or not that remains the case for Braun as he winds down his career in the next few years, for the time being, he is among this select group.

The 21 players who had/have 300 home runs and 1,000 RBI in their careers, all with only one team in their entire career are:

Ryan Braun (Milwaukee), Ryan Howard (Philadelphia), Edgar Martinez (Seattle), Johnny Bench (Cincinnati), Todd Helton (Colorado), Jim Rice (Boston), Mickey Mantle (New York Yankees), Jeff Bagwell (Houston), Joe DiMaggio (New York Yankees), Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh), Al Kaline (Detroit), Mike Schmidt (Philadelphia), George Brett (Kansas City), Chipper Jones (Atlanta), Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs), Cal Ripken (Baltimore), Ted Williams (Boston), Carl Yastrzemski (Boston), Mel Ott (New York Giants), Stan Musial (St. Louis), Lou Gehrig (New York Yankees).

As you might expect, the New York Yankees are the franchise with the most players who reached 300 home runs and 1,000 with their team. The Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox franchises have had five players each who reached 300 HRs and 1,000 ribbies in their tenure with those teams.

Following are the number of players each of the 30 franchises have had reach 300 HRs and 1,000 RBIs.

6: Yankees

5: Braves, Red Sox

4: Cubs, Giants, Tigers

3: Orioles

2: Astros, Cardinals, Dodgers, Mariners, Phillies, Rangers, Reds, White Sox

1: A’s, Blue Jays, Brewers, Pirates, Rockies, Royals, Twins

0: Angels, Diamondbacks, Indians, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Padres, Rays

One final note on Braun: As of games through April 20, 2018, Braun has career numbers of 307 home runs, 1,002 runs batted in, and a .301 batting average. He is currently one of only 28 players in baseball history to have 300 career HRs, 1,000 career RBIs and a career batting average of .300 or higher.

 

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